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Our goal in the Chinese program at Alma is to help you gain linguistic proficiency and accuracy, cultural understanding and a deeper understanding of your role in a global society.
Currently we offer first- and second-year Chinese courses within a cultural contest, but students can enrich their knowledge of Chinese history, literature and politics through a variety of interdisciplinary courses from the history, political science and English programs.
Alma has traditionally offered Spring Term courses that allow students to travel to China and Taiwan to obtain first-hand experience with the language, culture and people.
The Chinese Table—an opportunity for students to gather and share a meal and lively conversation in Chinese led by the Chinese Language Assistant—occurs each week in Hamilton Commons, the primary dining commons on campus, on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Modern Languages program sponsors a foreign film series on Monday evenings, screening films in French, German, Spanish and Chinese and providing free popcorn to boot!
The Chinese Club is a student group that brings cultural events and activities to Alma College and the surrounding community. Each year, the group celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with moon cakes and the Chinese New Year with presentations, music, dance and, of course, food! Join us Thursdays at 8 p.m. in SAC 308.
Employment, Internships & Study Abroad
Students who excel in their Chinese studies may apply for positions as tutors and/or student teaching assistants. Tutors are matched with peers who request assistance from the Center for Student Opportunity. Student teaching assistants lead laboratory sessions for 100- and 200-level courses.
A variety of internships are available, including placements in American companies in Beijing for students studying abroad.
Students are encouraged to study abroad during a fall or winter term or the summer in Beijing. Learn more about study abroad opportunities at the Off-Campus Study office in the Center for Student Opportunity.